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Farewell Anthea Bell, the extremely skilled translator of Goscinny and Uderzo’s Asterix books, as well as the English versions of late W.G. Sebald. See also this list of Asterix characters and their international name equivalents and Asterix in translation: the … Continue reading

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Better living through technology?

Try getting music lessons to stick after this drops: Google Magenta / Let’s Learn about Waveforms / ‘Tariff engineering’: Ford has saved £190m over 16 years by exporting ‘cars’ to the US and then turning them into vans once they’ve … Continue reading

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Mostly houses

A personal history of the Ouija Board. More info on the boards / Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’ / the artist Tom Sachs does instagram well / The Dream, a recommended … Continue reading

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All over the place, as usual

Japanese Wave Design sourcebooks, via My Modern Met / Biblioklept, a website about books / The True Size Of… make geographic comparisons / an interview with Joe Dante / truth or fake? Questions around a $450m Leonardo / California Modernism … Continue reading

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Archives and more

Lithium mining in Chile, photography by Catherine Hyland / creased paper interiors by Simon Schubert / animated geometric gifs at Bees and Bombs / spooky ceramics by Jessica Harrison / a collection of Control Panels (via Kottke) / pages and … Continue reading

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Sound and image

A varied collection of things. Humboldt’s Illustrating Nature, a richly illustrated book about the travels of Alexander von Humbolt in the early 19th century / Do Not Forget Me, film studios in Kolkota photographed by Nandita Raman / Conserve the … Continue reading

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 4 of 4

The final journey into those remote islands: part 1, part 2 and 3. Starting with the Alaskan island of St. George, one of the Pribilof Islands and a habitat of the threatened Northern fur seal. Travel to the islands (and … Continue reading

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A random collection of things

The Avocado has a page called Let’s Read Old Magazines. See also the Vault of the Atomic Space Age (both via Ask MeFi) / Certificates for Everyday Things / Elmer Fudd, capitalist shill: The auto industry finances Looney-Tunes propaganda, 1950s … Continue reading

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 3 of 4

Part three of a deep dive into Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, ‘Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will’ (part 1, part 2). To begin. Macquarie Island is where steam digesters once gobbled up royal penguins, 3,500 … Continue reading

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 2 of 4

Part two of our virtual voyage around the world (part 1, the source material: Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, ‘Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will’ – oddly the US edition is subtitled ‘Fifty Islands I Have … Continue reading

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Complexity and Contradiction

Denise Scott Brown’s Wayward Eye at Betts Project. Sadly related, two obituaries for Robert Venturi / Found Sounds from the Edge of Earth and Explaining the ‘Mystery’ of Numbers Stations, both via tmn / art and music by Kitty Finer … Continue reading

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 1 of 4

Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, ‘Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will’, remains a bit of an obsession. We decided to use it to do some armchair traveling, courtesy of the book’s expansive Wikipedia page … Continue reading

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Fighting through it

Can there ever be a big-budget action game without violence? See also The Right to Roam, our earlier look at walking simulators and photo modes / Origami simulator / Spectrum Nostalgia / art by Adam Robinson / RANKED: 10 Paintings … Continue reading

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Enduring problems

Random things and thoughts, forgive crashing changes in tone / starting with a fine piece about Eileen Gray’s E.1027 house in Menton. Some more and necessary information about Gray’s life and work: “”E” for “Eileen”, 10 for the letter “J”, … Continue reading

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Cutting through

Friday randomness to follow. The Rise and Fall of the Supercut, which the article puts down partly to waning attention spans and our grudging acknowledgement and acceptance of trope and cliche, without needing it artfully presented. Kottke was always good … Continue reading

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To boldly go

Venturing into places that weren’t designed for people: airport walking by Ian Rose (via tmn). See also the walks of Will Self, in London and NY (‘A Literary Visitor Strolls in From the Airport‘). Related, the books of Stephen Gill … Continue reading

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Click and collect

At the Flip of a Switch, the light switch in culture / Amazon has patented a system that would put workers in a cage, on top of a robot, at The New Aesthetic / still excited about the Teenage Engineering … Continue reading

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Talking to dogs

This and that from all around / how to make a racing car game from (mostly) cardboard / what’s the best way physical way to preserve digital files for 50 years? / an interview about Off the Map and Beyond … Continue reading

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Art and Music round-up

Illustrations by Wenjia Tang, especially Alphabet Zoo / Sightings, an illustration project by Juan Osorno (Instagram). See also the project Necessary Failures / Signalnoise, illustration by James White (via whizual) / illustrations by Vendi Vernic / illustration by Makoto Funatsu … Continue reading

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Shark Week

Some other things. Life in the Faroe Islands / the first doxing? the Berners Street Hoax of 1810 / art by Tina Berning / Moon Patrol in ASCII / fuzzy noise pop: Black Spring, an album by New Dark Age … Continue reading

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